Last week the Queen celebrated her 90th birthday and the day was marked with celebrations and a new family portrait. To help celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday Stork got Edd Kimber, former GBBo winner to create a special cake. Candy the corgi cake is a twist on the familiar caterpillar cake. The cake resembles Candy, one of the Queen’s pet corgi dogs. The perfect cake for the Queen. This is what the cake looked like when Ed Kimber made it.
When Stork challenged me to recreate the cake I was happy to get involved in the challenge. I love culinary challenges and most recently created chicken chasseur, a recipe from the seventies for the cooking though the decades challenge. I love baking so making Candy the corgi cake seemed like a fun challenge. Now when I say I love baking I need to clarify this a little. If I have tried the recipe before I am confident and will often adapt it making a great success. When I am out of my comfort zone sometimes things can go a bit wonky. Cake decoration is not my strong point either. I did attend a class in cupcake decoration which really gave me good ideas on how to decorate cupcakes. Creating a corgi was going to be a challenge.
I followed the recipe pretty much as it was given. The first challenge was making a Swiss roll. This is something I have never tried before and having watched the Great British Bake Off I know it can be problematic. There is a trick to getting the sponge to roll without the sponge cracking or the filling squirting out everywhere. This sponge was filled with cream and apple sauce which loves to escape. I did manage to make the roll and it was quite successful.
Next the roll needed to be covered with buttercream icing to which brown food colouring needed to be added to make it a nice brown colour. I did not have any brown food colouring so added cocoa powder instead. The fur ended up an off white colour rather than brown. Next time I will use a bit more cocoa powder. The final challenge was creating the corgi face. The original recipe calls for candy melts but I was not able to find these. I had a think and decided to try creating the corgi face out of chocolate. I used milk chocolate for the corgi outline, white chocolate for the nose. I poured the chocolate onto the corgi outline which I had drawn onto baking parchment. To finish the corgi face I used some star decorations for it’s eyes, a few raisins for the nose. The inside of the ears and the tongue were done in pink icing sugar.
I left it in the fridge to set and when I peeled it off the baking parchment I had a corgi head. It actually worked quite well except for the fact I had made it much too large. My corgi had a giant head. Fortunately the family were not that interested in what the cake looked like, they were more concerned about what it tasted like. It tasted lovely, the apple in the Swiss roll works really well. The cake did not last long at all and my son demolished the corgi face. You can find the original Candy the Corgi cake recipe over on Stork’s website.
Have a look and see what some other bloggers made of the challenge of creating Candy the corgi cake. Cheryl at Madhouse Family Reviews had an great cheat for making the corgi face. Galina at Chez Mazimka managed a very cute but slightly wonky corgi by using icing for the face.